June 20, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Change in measuring graduation rate doesn’t mean schools are unsuccessful

At first glance, Wilkes County’s 2012 graduation rate of 60.87 percent may look like a sharp decline from previous years’ rates of 85-plus percent, but it isn’t, Superintendent Dr. Rosemary Caddell said. More...

Wilkes school funding gets increase after years of state’s ‘austerity’ cuts

At Monday night’s regular June meeting, the Wilkes County Board of Education heard good news on the state’s contribution to the system just as they prepared to finalize the upcoming FY2014 budget.  More...

Firefighters save Lincolnton Road home

Washington and Wilkes County firefighters work to save the Lincolnton Road home of the John Keen family after lightning struck Tuesday night while the family was away. More...

Historic re-enactors to celebrate Toombs’ 203rd birthday Saturday

The celebration of Robert Toombs 203rd birthday, entitled “Homespun: The Fabric of a Nation” is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...

Autumn Lane apartment set on fire by lightning

A sudden thunderstorm Monday night brought heavy rain and lightning to Wilkes County, causing one fire in Washington as lightning struck an apartment building on Andrew Drive.  More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

You need maypops to play house

Roy Thornton of Tignall was one of the participants featured in the Augusta Market on the River article in Sunday’s Augusta Chronicle. He lives in Tignall and was quoted as saying, “For some reason, I like people.  More...

Opinions

Is there somebody actually snooping on everybody’s cell phone calls and email?

With all the news coverage about the National Security Agency – the NSA – scooping up every Verizon phone call and every email every day, people are beginning to think that there’s actually somebody out there listening in to every c More...

Book Review

The Scent of Scandal

I n a clever play on words, Craig Pittman has titled his account of a complex series of events surrounding the discovery and smuggling of a new orchid with a catchy name. More...

Lee Trevino showed he really belongs at the U.S. Open

A RDMORE, Penn. – The most appealing feature with major championships today is the bringing back of former champions, who are available for interviews and who cavort with the fans who enjoy casual conversations with the past winners.  More...

Obituaries

Jeroline Towns

Funeral services for Jeroline Towns were held Thursday, June 6, at Flint Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend Larry Norman officiating. The interment was in the church cemetery. She died Tuesday, May 26, at Wills Memorial Hospital.  Ms. More...

Wylie Fred Truitt

Funeral services for Wylie Fred Truitt, 75, of Albany, Georgia, were held Monday, May 20, at 11:00 a.m. at Mathews Funeral Home in Albany with Ross Powell and Rev. Tom Pollock officiating. Interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery. More...

Daniel Richard Edwards

Funeral services for Daniel Richard Edwards, 63, of Augusta, will be held Thursday, June 20, at 2 p.m. at Smyrna United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Broom officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. More...

Personalities

Libby Drinkard to marry Travis Clark on October 12

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wayne Thornton of Washington announce the engagement of her daughter, Elizabeth (Libby) Fleming Drinkard, to Travis James Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Bruce Clark of Martinez.  More...

Gioia to attend pageant as a Miss Georgia Princess

Alexis Gioia, daughter of Lynn and Bruce Gioia of Vidalia, will be attending the Miss Georgia Pageant at River Center in Columbus as a member of the Princess program the week of June 18-24. More...

Sarah Davis celebrates 105th birthday on Saturday, June 8

Taliaferro County resident Sarah Davis celebrated her 105th birthday in a gathering hosted by her children at the Washington Seventh-day Adventist Church on Saturday, June 8.  More...

BREAKING NEWS! - Free Access

Man apprehended for discharging gun on Tignall street

A Tignall man was apprehended Wednesday afternoon for shooting a pistol in the street. More...

Wilkes native David Hardy is named medical school 2013 Resident of the Year

Growing up in a family of six in Wilkes County, David Hardy always secretly wanted to become a doctor. More...

County to take ownership of more land around Revolutionary War battlefield

The Wilkes County Board of Commissioners has agreed to assume ownership of acreage purchased through the efforts of the Kettle Creek Battlefield Association (KCBA) with two parcels totalling about 20 acres falling immediately into the plan.  More...

Washington dentist helps needy in second Ga. Mission of Mercy

Washington dentist Dr. Bruce Holes recently participated in the Second Georgia Mission of Mercy held in Norcross, Georgia.  More...

No serious injuries in Rayle collision

Wilkes Deputy Jackie Graves fills out an accident report Monday in front of the Poss-Um Café in Rayle after a collision between the pickup of Thomas Smith Jr. and Jan Davis. More...

Kids have fun at Bi-Lo Summer Jam

Two-year-old Kaylee Kittle isn’t entirely sure she likes getting her face painted by a patient Jennie Parks, but mom Wondra Kittle had assured her it was almost done. More...

News

Superintendent gives a good report

Wilkes County Superintendent of Schools Dr. More...

Storyteller to entertain, instruct for Summer Readers next week

The Summer Reading Club is in full swing at the Mary Willis Library. Last Tuesday, Cliff Patton, a master ventriloquist, comedy magician and balloon artist performed at the library for a crowd of over 85 people.  More...

Salvation Army sends kids to camp

Fifteen Wilkes County children who attended Salvation Army’s Camp Grandview in the mountains of Jasper, Georgia, during the week of June 10 were (front row, l-r) Brittany Ball, Raegan Echols, Vernisia Lester, Keyonna Lester, Shanihya Williams, More...

Sports

Blue and Gold Basketball Campers enjoy third week

The third group of campers, boys and girls 11 and 12 years old, enjoy their week at the Washington-Wilkes Parks and Recreation Summer 2013 Blue and Gold Basketball Camps, which began June 3. More...

Corporate sponsorship drive to fund all athletic programs

Washington-Wilkes Tiger athletics and the Tiger Club have kicked off a two-month-long campaign to jump start and benefit all W-WCHS athletes for the coming 2013-2014 school year and many years beyond.  More...

Schedule (and other) Notes

. There will be a Sevenon Seven/Linemen Challenge competition between the Washington Wilkes Tigers and the Elbert County Blue Devils at the W-W practice field behind the school today, Thursday, June 20, beginning at 6 p.m. More...

Worship

How to be fit to walk on God’s chosen path of grace

Many of us have misconceptions when it comes to punishment for sin. Some believe that our adversities in life are a measure of how sinful we are. More...

Athens theme slated for Bible School at Presbyterian Church June 23-28

The Washington Presbyterian Church will host a summer family event called “Athens: Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth” from Sunday, June 23, to Friday, June 28.  More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

W-WCHS will have registration for new students July 15-19 from 12:30-3 p.m. Students will be asked to provide the following: proof of residency, birth certificate, Social Security card, hearing/vision/dental form, and immunization record. More...